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Victim Location 13205
Type of a scam Tech Support

I was nearly scammed by someone who said he works for Microsoft. He said he is picking up signals that someone is trying to plant viruses into my computer. He said he could stop the intruder but I would need to give him access to my computer by giving him my Microsoft pass word. Lockley for me, I did not know my husband's pass word. However, I was sitting at my computer for hours, and on the phone with him trying different pass words I have used in the pass. Finally, he suggested that I go to my neighbor's house and use her computer and give him her pass word and he would be able to solve my problem using her computer. At that point, a hundred red flags went up. I began to question him about my concerns, and when I mentioned the FBI, he suddenly hung up. I than tried to use my landline phone to call Microsoft and report the matter, but the scammer some how blocked my phone and I could not get a dial tone. I than called Microsoft using my cell phone. I spoke with a tech support person who was very concerned about the caller. He said the call did not come from Microsoft and they would never make such a call to their customers. With that conformation, I used precaution, I went to my bank the next morning. I told the manager that a scammer may have gotten access into my account. I asked him to closed it before any damage was done. There are more than one of them. There are males and females. They still call at least twice a year, using the same Microsoft scam or the you owe the IRS for back taxes scam. They are relentless. Do you have and suggestions on how I can put a stop to their scamming business. By the way they all speak with African accents.

Victim Location 01106
Type of a scam Tech Support

repeated calls about Microsoft Windows license expiration

Victim Location 99212
Type of a scam Tech Support

I got online at Amazon Books and a message popped up saying there was a pornographic virus (I've never been on a porno site) and I couldn't get out of it. It said Error: 0x80072ee7. It said that if I deleted it, it would put a virus on my computer. It said to call 1-877-336-5833. A guy answered, said his name was Daniel Galler and he said he was a Microsoft technician. I could tell English was not his native language. I had difficulty understanding him at times. Asked if it was office, family or personal computer for Microsoft Windows. Then he took over my computer. It said Verified publisher and underneath he typed LogMeIn, Inc. He said he had my IP address and Social Security number and that McCafree Firewall had been damaged. Then he said it would take 55-65 minutes to do the following:

1. Network firewall security block - block the unwelcome + block virus

2. Bitlocker version - encrypt

3. Mask my IP - private

Then he offered the following services to fix it:

Cloud-based Network Security (lifetime + transferrable) (15 years) - $1200

Advanced based Network Security (timeframe) (8 years) -

1 year - $324.12

3 year - $562.31

7 year - $899.81

I told him I could not afford it. I didn't have the money.

Then he said I could get 1 month for $150.00

I said I don't have the money. I'm going to check you out first. What is the phone number where I can contact you?

He said, My direct line is 1-800-527-7310.

He said Is the reason because of trust or money.

I said "Both."

He gave me his name and employee number and extension id

Daniel Galler

Emp ID: MS80351321

Extn ID: 184721

I asked him what was the name of the company that offered the network security

He said ITEK Magnet

He told me I would need to call back soon or the virus would be on my computer because it had been hacked.

I hung up and called some people in IT that I knew I could trust.

Both of them told me it was a scam.

What I should have done when I got the original pop-up message was CTRL ALT DELETE

The IT guy told me to unhook the cable from my server or computer and he will take off the bad stuff the crooks put on my computer. It will cost about $100. The scammer put two icons on my computer.

After I unplugged it, there was a pop-up message from Advanced Password (one of the icons) that said they found 7 social security numbers and one was mine. I didn't write them down. Another pop-up said they did not find any passwords or credit cards but they did find 7 social security numbers and 796 phone numbers. The IT guy I trust told me to ignore that. They were just trying to scare me.

Victim Location 29649
Type of a scam Tech Support

Asked for my name and ask for 150 dollars to make a repair to the computer. The scammer is using a website to cause a virus.

Victim Location 68925
Type of a scam Tech Support

Callers having an India accent calling to say they are from Microsoft Windows, etc. Repeatedly calling over and over and will not stop.

Victim Location 99208
Type of a scam Tech Support

An oriental sounding man called at midnight and woke me up saying he was from Microsoft and that there was something wrong with my windows computer. I told him it was midnight and the call was a scam and he hung up. They call frequently and we tell them to take us off their list, but they keep calling.

Victim Location 34287
Type of a scam Tech Support

We get lots of calls regarding a refund from Microsoft. But they can not send the refund. I have to use my laptop internet to get the refund. They refuse to send a check. See image.

Victim Location 21216
Type of a scam Other

first you receive an pop-up from microsoft saying your computer is at risk. and will be shut down. To call this phone

18558660699 The agent then transfer you tech support , Which walk you thorough removal of the virus while they

remote control of your set. Also installing child pron . After 1 hour the tech tell you , the computer needs to go to the

shop to be repaired about $240, That was about two months ago, I decline the service pitch . They still call, no pop-up

I recover the system.

Victim Location 29316
Type of a scam Tech Support

Represented themselves as tech support for Microsoft and were calling re: errors on Windows 10, would correct for us,needed to turn on computer touch control and r same time then asked if mouse was working asked for there number and tech I.d. # gave me number 333 phone number 727 4980230 St Petersburg Florida asked for tech 333 put me on hold same person answered so I hung up. Number they called me on was 7274980505. I took my computer to my service tech to see if it had been compromised he said he was 95% sure it was ok but suggested if I banked on line to go to my bank ask them to report any suspicious activity and change my password and call my credit card companies which I did. Microsoft nor ANY computer companies CALL you to service your computer, if you get a call hang up write down there number as it appears on your phone and report it to donotcall.gov and ScamPulse.com as I have done here.

Victim Location 38866
Type of a scam Tech Support

I received a call today at 2:53 PM and a man stated my computer was about to be turned off. It startled me and I asked what's the fee for this.

The man said we're not talking about a fee; we're talking about the computer was about ready to be turned off. I told him I was sick and he said he would call back on Wednesday. I was skeptical and called the ScamPulse.com for information and was informed it was a scam.

Victim Location 97201
Total money lost $150
Type of a scam Tech Support

Scammer tells me that they’re going to give me 100% refund on some computer work they did on line for me last year. The amount is $150, they want to get into my computer, and search for viruses . They have a voicemail that says their company is going out of business and that’s why they want to give me a refund.

Victim Location 21619
Type of a scam Tech Support

We were using Facebook, and a popup screen appeared with voice warning us not to close the screen or our computer would be disabled. It said we should call 1-866-491-1852 and report Microsoft windows virus code 33578. We just clicked the screen off.

Victim Location 14710
Total money lost $399.99
Type of a scam Tech Support

A Microsoft pop-up appeared on my computer with audio message saying my computer had been compromised. Call 1-888-516-7415. Do not shut down or all your files will be lost. Called the number. Man named Frank Gomez of id# MS-17352 was there to help said he was a Microsoft technician. I gave him access to my computer and he showed me several foreign addresses he claimed contained viruses. One was linked to a plan site. I believed he was fixing my computer and I agreed to a 3 yr protection plan for $399.99 and n the mso this wouldn't happen again. Have my credit card information. Printed the invoice that looked like a legit invoice from Microsoft. Computer working. Credit card bill came and said nothing about microsoft but said ontime tech supports. I emailed the address that was in my email that delivered the invoice [email protected] and of course it bounced back. So I called credit card reported the scam they removed the charge but now are reapplying it because they got all this bogus paperwork from ontime tech supports that they claim i initialed. I had to hire a computer technician to come to my house and remove all the remote control software they had installed. Changed all my passwords. And still trying to convince credit card company I was scammed!

Victim Location 83701
Type of a scam Tech Support

A man named Mark Thomas said he was calling from Microsoft and that I needed to pay 50 dollars a month to keep my Windows 10 because they're rolling out an upgrade in 2 weeks. I felt suspicious about it and realized it was a scam. They said if I logged in my computer would stop working because I was using Windows 10 unauthorized and I needed to call: 844-661-5443 to pay for it and fix it.

Victim Location 29680
Type of a scam Tech Support

Left a message on my phone stating your program has frozen and you must call micro soft at 206-451-5866 and give us information. Did not call phone number.

Victim Location 77627
Total money lost $1,050
Type of a scam Tech Support

I received a phone call saying my Microsoft license had expired and we could not use our computer. I spoke with a man that was not an American and he informed me that it would be $499 for three-year license I agreed to that and was ready to give him a credit card but he said he could not except my credit card I would need to get a steam card from Walgreens. I returned home and enter them into the computer like I was asked to do. He called me and said there is been a mistake and he could not except credit cards I purchased from Walgreens that I will need to go to Walmart and purchase them again. I told him I was not spending another $500 and he said that I could give send him half and he would refund my $500 the next day. I did that I went to Walmart and purchased $250 worth of credit cards and sent them to him still not realizing this was a scam over the next day I purchased another $400 worth of credit cards or Steam credit cards and sent them to him like before. He was going to refund me $1,000.00, This is when I realized I had been scammed.

Victim Location 27701
Type of a scam Tech Support

A man named Ricky bahl called from Microsoft # on caller I'd claiming to work for Microsoft asking to put firewalls on computer for $500.00

Victim Location 97301
Type of a scam Phishing

Screen popup saying I'd been hacked and to call Microsoft support at 866-847-7830. I shut down computer immediately as I suspected a scam.

I use malwarebytes anti malware premium and it did show 2 or 3 attempts that it blocked so it may have been one of those.

Victim Location 29617
Total money lost $500
Type of a scam Tech Support

Contacted thru my cell phone by John Williams called and stated he was from Microsoft. Mr. Williams said the license for Microsoft run out. He wanted me to got to Wal Mart and get a gift card for $500.00. I went to WalMart and purchased the card. Called him back and give him the number off the back of the card. Mr. Williams called me back and told me the card would not work and wanted me to go to Walgreens and buy a steam card for another $500.00, which I didn't do. Mr. Williams wanted me to give him my password so he could get into my checking account. I hung up on him. Mr. Williams got into my computer and changed the password, where I can't get on it. Carried it to computer repair place on Laurens Rd.

Victim Location 44410
Type of a scam Tech Support

I was downloading a song and a browser pooped up. It said your computer will contain a virus of you log out. Please call this number. A guy asked for access to my computer and showed me my IP address. He then said to delete the virus I need to pay 199.00. O told him I would not give out my info. He said I know your scared. I said good bye. I called Mir to soft of which he said he was from. They have me tons of info. There was not a virus on my computer. The people may have put malware on my computer so I took all my info out. Do not click into websites that are not secured with a lock picture. Always go into http;// web sites. Those are secured.

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